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Bateman deserves props for sustaining Bad Words as a little balancing act between sulfurously funny hatred and humanity.
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Bad Words is the kind of pitch-black dark comedy that makes you wince even as you give up on stifling the chuckles.
This exuberantly foul-mouthed and mean-spirited comedy goes somewhat soft in the final stretch but remains an often uproarious model of sharp scripting and spirited acting.
Choosing it for his debut as director, Bateman demonstrates the same knack for timing and fine shadings of attitude as he does onscreen.
It's tough to summon sufficiently negative language to describe the unfunny, desperate mess that is Bad Words.
Bateman, as both director and star, digs his heels in too hard to make the movie's points, using lots of ho-hum close-ups and wriggly camera work along the way.
For precursors of Guy's perversity, one would have to go back to W.C. Fields, who made antic art out of his characters' abhorrence of children.
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